Brooks Bringing Speed to Norman

Late last week Daniel Brooks, WR prospect out of Rockdale HS in Rockdale (TX) committed to the Oklahoma Sooners. Sooners Illustrated was able to reach Brooks recently for an interview to talk about his recent commitment. Check inside for more.

It didn't take long for Brooks to decide where he wanted to play his college ball after receiving his offer from the Sooners in early March. After talking it over with his parents the talented Rockdale prospect made his decision.

"I talked to my parents about it and we thought that OU is a good school. What they have to offer is great and the coaches are great."

Brooks made a call to Oklahoma's defensive coordinator Coach Brent Venables and informed him of the news.

"I called Coach Venables," Brooks began. "I texted him first and then I called him over the phone. He was happy. He was ecstatic."

When making his decision it's obvious that the chance to play for a head coach like Bob Stoops played a factor in Brook's decision.

"Their tradition of winning," Brooks stated when he talked about why he committed to Oklahoma. "Their coaches, Coach Stoops is the best coach in college football by far. He's just a great man and great coach. How prestigious they are. Everything they have to offer me is great."

The 5-foot-10 and 170-pound Brooks had only one offer from New Mexico before the Sooners joined in the Brooks sweepstakes. Now the question is where Brooks will play when he arrives in Norman, which is honestly a question even he can't answer at this time.

"Honestly I don't know where they are offering me to play at," Brooks explained. "Coach Venables wants me on defense and Coach Stoops wants me at running back. They want me punt returning and kickoff return."

Having the ball in his hands is something that Brooks covets due to his play making ability.

"If I had to pick I would play running back," Brooks said when asked if he likes offense or defense better. "I like the ball in my hands and every time I have the ball in my hands I make something happen."

Last season Brooks had a huge year on offense as well as on defense for his Tigers squad rushing for 1,707-yards and 24-touchdowns on offense. He also had four-interceptions with three being returned back for touchdowns on defense. When you talk about Brooks on the field you are talking some big time speed. Brooks has been clocked at 4.38 in the forty, 10.4 in the 100-meters, 13.9 in the 110-meter hurdles and 38.6 in the 300-meter hurdles.

Next season Brooks plans to use his speed to make a statement on the field.

"I want to show everybody why a team like OU recruited me," Brooks explained. "I want to rush for over 2,000 yards. I want to make a statement and hope my team has a good season. And show everybody why I am one of the best."

During the interview Brooks did say that he would still be taking other visits to other schools but made sure to clarify what he meant so that there wouldn't be any confusion as to why he would be taking more visits especially considering Coach Stoop's philosophy on commitments.

"I'm going to go visit other schools but I'm playing for OU," Brooks stated. "I'm going out there (on visits) for fun but I am playing for OU."

Rockdale is not only home to Brooks but also to Derek David, 6-foot-4 and 228-pound linebacker who recently decommitted from Texas Tech and now has OU as his leader.

Brooks talked about David possibly joining him in Norman.

"If he goes up there (Norman) I would love to have him come up there and I would love for him to go to OU," Brooks said.

-Greg Powers-

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